My Heart by Corinna Luyken; illustrated by Corinna Luyken

My HeartMy Heart by Corinna Luyken; illustrated by Corinna Luyken. 2019. Water-based inks and pencil. Published by Dial Books for Young Readers.

Brief summary: A young child shares in lyrical prose how her heart feels differently  in various instances. Sometimes, it feels open; sometimes closed. No matter how it is on a certain day, she accepts it with love.

Comments: The simple wording has complex meanings that could spark a conversation of how one feels on various days or in certain situations. I would use this as a read aloud when someone’s feelings are hurt or having a bad day.  This book gave several visual examples of the emotions one may have which I believe a child could relate to and figure out what is being felt.

This book’s theme explores how to accept how your heart if feeling and to remember it can be different tomorrow.

There are only three colors used: yellow, black, and white.

I am Peace: a Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde

I am Peace

I am Peace: a Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. 2017. Ink, gouache, watercolor and tea. Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers.

Brief summary: A child  is worrying about what could happen or what happened in the past, causing the mind and body to go unbalanced. The child learns to stop, be in the present, and allows the mind to relax by being mindful of what can be done now. By using all the senses, saying out loud positive self-talk,  and feeling the breath of  this moment, peace is eventually accomplished.

Comments: I think this would be a nice holiday gift for those children and adults who need to just relax and be kind to themselves while in a busy life. There is an author’s note telling how to have mindfulness and being fully in the present moment. There is also a guided meditation section in the back focusing on how to be mindful of our breathing. I am Yoga ,also by Susan Verde, go hand-in-hand with this book.

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Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds

Happy Dreamer

Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. 2017. Digital illustrations with pastels; hand-lettered text. Published by Orchard Books

Brief summary: A young student tells how he dreams even when the world tells him to be still. He explains how he is a loud dreamer and a quiet dreamer and can dream wherever and whenever.

Comments: There is a two page fold out with all the ways to dream. This looks like another hit for Peter H. Reynolds. The illustrations are soft and smooth with pastels. The students and teachers love The Dot and Ish at my school. I can’t wait to read this one to them.

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A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices by Sally Derby

A New School Year

A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices by Sally Derby; illustrated by Mika Song. 2017. Watercolor and sumi ink with brush on Saunders Waterford watercolor paper. Published by Charlesbridge.

Brief summary: This book of free verse poetry is divided into four sections of the first day of school: The Night Before, In the Morning, At School, and After School. The six voices are poetry by elementary students in K-5 grades.  There are twenty-four poems all together.

Comments: This book would be great to read on the first day of school so students would see that other children are feeling the same way they are on that important day. The different perspectives could be enlightening for young readers. The teacher could decide to read all of the poems throughout the day or just go through and read in one sharing the ones matching his/her grade level. This also could be used to have students share their feelings about the first day of school.

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We Are All Wonders by R.J. Palacio

We're All Wonders

We Are All Wonders by R.J. Palacio; illustrated by R.J. Palacio. 2017. iPencil in Procreate for the iPad with a combination of painting (with the stylus) and Photoshop. Published by Alfred A. Knopf.

Brief summary: Auggie acts and does ordinary things that boys do but does not look like an ordinary boy.  Auggie does get made fun of the way he looks which hurt his feelings. He uses his imagination and goes to pretend places with his dog Daisy. He knows that he cannot change the way he looks but hopes that people will change the way they look at him.

Comments: Based on the main character in the chapter book titled Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  I plan to read this at the beginning of the school year to share how we are all different.

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